Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $1 billion after no winners drawn Tuesday
No ticket matched all the numbers for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing and the jackpot will now pass the $1 billion mark for the next drawing.
Friday night’s drawing of the multi-state game is listed at $1.02 billion, making it tied for the second-highest prize ever in Mega Millions history.
Tuesday night’s drawing was the third-highest ever at $830 million, or a cash option of $487.9 million.
Even without a big winner, there were a few ticket purchasers who will be a bit wealthier after Tuesday’s drawing. Lottery officials say there were nine tickets sold that matched five of the six winning numbers – each is worth at least $1 million or more.
One of those tickets sold in Ohio with the the megaplier option is worth $3 million.
The California lottery says a ticket sold in Baker with five matching numbers will have a payout of $2.9 million. California uses a pari-mutuel system with payouts that vary from those in other states.
The seven other tickets are believed to be worth $1 million each. They were sold in Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.
Tuesday’s winning numbers are: 7 – 29 – 60 – 63 – 66 Mega Ball: 15
The jackpot has grown so large because there hasn’t been a winner in three months. Those 29 consecutive drawings without anyone matching all six numbers have allowed the jackpot to gradually grow from its $20 million starting point in April.
Mega Millions is played every Tuesday and Friday night, In the 20-year history of the game, 221 players have scooped the Mega Millions jackpot.
Top five Mega Millions jackpots won
1. $1.5 billion – South Carolina, October 2018
2. $1 billion – Michigan, January 2021
3. $656 million – Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, March 2012
4. $648 million – California, Georgia, December 2013
5. $543 million – California, July 2018
Mega Millions is played in 45 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302.6 million.
The Associated Press contributed t this report
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